supported by the Norwegian Arts Council



Performance 27. and 28. April 2016, 5pm



Small Projects is once again collaborating with RadArt, network organization for independent performing arts, during their annual performance festival, the Vårscenefest (Spring Stage Stage Festival). This year, Small Projects is hosting the performance Mental by the Vacuum Cleaner.


The Metropolitan Police call him a Domestic Extremist. The NHS have described him as ‘highly disturbed’ and labelled him with Borderline Personality Disorder. ‘A real and present threat to the safe running of our lawful business’ is how E.ON described him at the Royal Courts of Justice.


He prefers the term Mental.


After 13 years of being an outlaw and inpatient, artist activist ‘the vacuum cleaner’ presents an autobiographical performance told through his psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions collected through the Data Protection Act.


This show contains material some may find challenging, and is not suitable for people under the age of 16.


The vacuum cleaner is an art and activism collective of one.


Over the last decade, artist and activist collective of one, the vacuum cleaner, has become semi-notorious for his acts of street brandalism, performance interventions and online pranks. Yet during this time he has also battled with severe mental illnesses and over the last two years this has become the focus of his work (and life).


He works predominantly with intervention based performances, videos and online with a focus on consumerism, climate change and mental health. His work has been exhibited throughout the UK including commissions from Tate Modern, ICA and Liverpool Biennial as well as BBC4, Channel 4 and Arte. He regularly presents work internationally both on the streets and in art spaces.


the vacuum cleaner is an Artsadmin Associate Artist and a co-founder of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (2004 – 2009).


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